I mentioned yesterday that I had originally seen blogging as a challenge, yet then found through the discipline of daily blogging that I learnt the benefits. Many of the other blogs taking part in #blogjune have also been talking about the positives of coming back to an online community.
So I thought I’d explore some of the positives that come from what is actually a very active online community of librarians.
The obvious is networking. Recently I tried crowdsourcing topics for #VALA2011 It was useful in terms of ideas and engagement with future audiences; and it also gave me a quick snapshot of the breadth others might expect from topics I thought were focussed clearly on a specific area. Also I received advice about relevant research papers from a range of people in a fraction of the time it would have taken to find them myself.
I am an interactive person (attention seeker is so judgemental :-)), so sitting writing on my own is not a high motivator for me. Therefore a real benefit was that I also received offers from other people interested in the ideas about co-presenting with me, or mentoring me by editing.
With work piling up I didn’t get any abstracts developed. However the sense of research had engaged me more than it has before. Through Twitter, I learnt of an emerging research networking tool called academia.edu From following friends and topics of interest through this I have expanded my resources and contacts, again in a relatively short time period.
Perhaps one day soon I may even write a paper that is longer than a blog post 😉